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among them an those cabinet nominations including chuck hagel for secretary of defense, both democrats and republicans here still have a lot of questions about hagel and his views. they plan to ask those questions at the confirmation hearings. also congress has got to deal with the debt ceiling. we're hitting it yet again. sometime in mid-february, authorities believe. and this time it looks like republicans will be pushing for cuts and social will be on the table. finally, you mentioned vice president biden meeting today with cabinet members to finalize recommendations on guns including pushing for an assault weapons ban, but also what he said is a comprehensive approach to gun control. the nra and others don't believe in assault weapons ban can pass in congress. we'll get his recommendations tomorrow. >> thank you. >>> colin powell is speaking out on nbc's "meet the press" he endorsed chuck hagel to be the new defense secretary. he said hagel would do a great job at the pentagon. powell also fired harsh words at his own republican party. >> there's also a dark -- a dark vain of intol
of secretary of defense. he won the backing of two of the senate's strongest supporters of israel, chuck schumer of new york and barbara boxer of california will vote to approve hagel. but the top republican on the senate arms services committee says he and hagel have philosophical differences on the issues and he will not be supporting his fellow republican. >>> boeing's newest passenger jet, the 787 dreamliners have been grounded by japan's leading airlines. a dream liner was evacuated after it made an emergency landing today. a cockpit message showed battery problems, the latest in a series of issues including a battery fire and fuel leaks. japan airlines and alnipon suspended all of the dream liner flights today. the faa is monitoring the incidents. once safety checks are complete, the planes could be back in the air on thursday. >>> and now here's your first look at this morning's dish of "scrambled politics." during his first term, president obama held fewer news conferences than george w. bush or bill clinton. over four years the president held 79 such briefings, that is ten fewer
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